Atalanta and Juventus offered an exciting game which ended with a complete turnaround thanks to Gonzalo Higuaín. The Bianconeri defeated La Dea 3-1 in Serie A, as the Argentinian converted Juventus’ second-half efforts into goals, whilst Atalanta’s strong first-half performance was slowly disappearing.

Maurizio Sarri made the needed changes to improve Juve’s performance, but meanwhile, the lack of a natural striker in Atalanta’s squad played it’s part in them lacking the good finishing and missing on their chances.

In this tactical analysis, we aim to break-down both team’s tactics and see how the strong Atalanta fell victim of Higuaín’s intelligent movement.


Serie A 2019/20: Atalanta vs Juventus - tactical analysis tactics
Both team’s starting XI’s.

There was no surprise in the formation that Gian Piero Gasperini chose for Atalanta. They were set-up in their usual 3-4-1-2. Pierluigi Gollini was the starter on the goalkeeping sport with Berat Djimsiti, José Luis Palomino and Rafael Tolói as his support. The midfield four contained Robin Gosens, Remo Freuler, Marten de Roon and Hans Hateboer. Mario Pašalić was the link between them and the forward line of Alejandro Gómez and Musa Barrow.

Maurizio Sarri didn’t take any risks when it comes to the scheme too. Juventus lined up in a 4-3-1-2. Wojciech Szczęsny held on to the many Atalanta shots, with the four-man defence including Mattia De Sciglio, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci and Juan Cuadrado in his new role of a right back. Rodrigo Bentancur, Miralem Pjanić and Sami Khedira started in the midfield. Federico Bernardeschi was positioned right behind the front duo of Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala.

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